HOW TO MAKE… KNIT­TED SOCKS

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn, 75% su­per­wash merino wool/25% ny­lon, 211m/231yd per 50g ball, one ball each of Dove Heather (25023) (Yarn A), Dog­wood Heather (25603) (Yarn B), Black (23701) (Yarn C) and White (26082) (Yarn D) Set of four 2.25mm (UK 13, US 1) dou­ble-pointed knit­ting nee­dles Set of four 2.75mm (UK 12, US 2) dou­ble­pointed knit­ting nee­dles 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) knit­ting nee­dle (used for loose cast off) Stitch holder Stitch marker Yarn nee­dle

TEN­SION

31 sts and 42 rows in st st to mea­sure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4") us­ing 2.75mm nee­dles (or size needed to achieve cor­rect ten­sion)

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl k2­tog knit two sts to­gether st st stock­ing stitch – if knit­ting on straight nee­dles, knit one row, purl one row, if knit­ting in the round, knit all rounds ssk slip one st, slip one st, knit slipped sts to­gether kfb knit into the front and then the back of the next st dpn(s) dou­ble-pointed nee­dles rnd round

FIN­ISHED SIZE

The socks can be made in five sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL). Re­fer to the chart on page 99 for fur­ther de­tails Never have we cov­eted a pair of nov­elty socks more. Was it the con­trast­ing pas­tel heel and toe de­tail that swung it, or those heart-shaped cheeks? Hard to tell, but one thing’s for sure – we’ll be cast­ing on be­fore the day is done.

In­struc­tions

Socks are worked from the toe up. In­struc­tions are given for the small­est size with larger sizes in brack­ets where dif­fer­ent. In­struc­tions are given for us­ing dpns. If us­ing a cir­cu­lar nee­dle for the magic loop method, note that the in­struc­tions have the heel split over Nee­dles 1 and 2, and the in­step on Nee­dle 3.

Wrap and Turn (W&T)

The wrap and turn method is a form of short row knit­ting. W&T on a knit row With yarn at the back of work, slip the next st from the left nee­dle to the right nee­dle purl­wise. Bring the yarn for­ward, be­tween the nee­dles (as if you were go­ing to purl). Slip the st from the right nee­dle back to the left nee­dle. Take the yarn be­tween the nee­dles to the back of work (as if you were go­ing to knit). Turn your work so the purl side is fac­ing you, ready to purl the next row ac­cord­ing to the pat­tern. W&T on a purl row With yarn at the front, slip the next st purl­wise from the left nee­dle to the right nee­dle. Take the yarn be­tween the nee­dles to the back (as if you were go­ing to knit). Slip the st from the right nee­dle back to the left nee­dle. Bring the yarn to the front of the work (as if you were go­ing to purl). Turn work so the knit side is fac­ing ready to knit the next st ac­cord­ing to the pat­tern. Pick­ing up wraps on the knit side When you reach the wrapped st, in­sert the right nee­dle into the wrap, from front to back. In­sert the right nee­dle into the st that is wrapped, then knit the wrap and the st to­gether. Pick­ing up wraps on the purl side When you reach the wrapped st, in­sert the right nee­dle into the wrap, from back to front. Place the wrap onto the left nee­dle so that it sits over the top and be­hind the st that was wrapped, then purl the wrap and the st to­gether.

Socks (make two)

Toe Us­ing Judy’s Magic Cast On method, with 2.75mm nee­dles and Yarn B, cast on 16 (20, 20, 24, 24) sts over two nee­dles – 8 (10, 10, 12, 12) sts on each nee­dle Round 1 k Next, di­vide the 8 (10, 10, 12, 12) sts on first nee­dle evenly over two dpns for the bot­tom of sock/heel. Th­ese are now called Nee­dle 1 and Nee­dle 2. Leave the last 8 (10, 10, 12, 12) sts on third dpn for top of sock/in­step. This is now Nee­dle 3. Start toe in­crease as fol­lows: Round 2 start­ing with Nee­dle 1: kfb, knit to last st on Nee­dle 2, kfb in last st; on Nee­dle 3: kfb, knit to last st on Nee­dle 3, kfb in last st [20 (24, 24, 28, 28) sts] Rep Rounds 1-2 un­til you have 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts in to­tal Foot Change to Yarn A For a generic foot size, knit un­til foot mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 13 (15.5, 18, 19, 21) cm (5¼ (61/ , 71/ , 8 8 7½, 8¼)") from cast on, or for best fit, knit un­til foot mea­sures 4 (4, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5)cm (15/ (15/ , 17/ , 17/ , 17/ )") 8 8 8 8 8 less than to­tal foot length Heel Change to Yarn B Work the heel in rows over Nee­dles 1 and 2 only

Bot­tom half of heel Row 1 start­ing with Nee­dle 1, knit to last st on Nee­dle 2, W&T Row 2 p to last st on Nee­dle 1 (this is last st with wrong side ( WS) fac­ing), W&T Row 3 k to 1 st be­fore the last wrapped st of the heel, W&T Row 4 p to 1 st be­fore the last wrapped st of the heel, W&T Rep Rows 3- 4 un­til 6 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts re­main un­worked in the mid­dle of the heel. Bot­tom half of the heel is now com­plete. Top half of heel Row 1 k to first wrapped st, pick up wrapped st and knit it to­gether with st on nee­dle, W&T the next st (this st now has 2 wraps) Row 2 p to first wrapped st, pick up wrapped st and purl it to­gether with st on nee­dle, W&T the next st (this st now has 2 wraps) Row 3 k to st with dou­ble wrap, pick up both wraps and knit them to­gether with st on nee­dle, W&T the next st Row 4 p to st with dou­ble wrap, pick up both wraps and purl them to­gether with st on nee­dle, W&T the next st Rep Rows 3- 4 un­til there is 1 dou­ble wrap left on each side of the heel Change back to Yarn A for next row. Note that the first st will be skipped when work­ing this row. Next row rep Row 3, wrap­ping 1 st from top of sock/in­step Next row rep Row 4, wrap­ping 1 st from top of sock/in­step Leg Round 1 be­gin to knit sock in the round. When you come to the wrapped sts on the in­step, pick up th­ese wraps and knit them to­gether with their re­spec­tive sts Con­tinue to knit un­til sock mea­sures 13 (14, 15.5, 15.5, 16.5)cm (5¼ (5½, 61/ , 61/ , 6½)") from bot­tom of heel, or de­sired length, not­ing that the rib­bing will add an ex­tra 2cm (¾") Cuff Change to 2.25mm nee­dles and work in (k1, p1) rib for 2cm (¾"), work­ing to last 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts on last round Ears When cast­ing off in rib, you’ll need to cast off very loosely to en­sure the sock will fit the leg, there­fore a much larger nee­dle is rec­om­mended – try us­ing a 3.75mm nee­dle to cast off and cre­ate the per­fect ten­sion. If you want to cast off loosely us­ing your own pre­ferred method, feel free to ig­nore the nee­dle chang­ing in­struc­tions ref­er­enced for cast­ing off. If knit­ting for your­self, you can try the sock on be­fore knit­ting the ears to make sure you’re happy with the cast­ing off ten­sion. With 3.75mm nee­dle, cast off the next 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts, then cast off all sts on Nee­dles 1 and 2, and cast off 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts from Nee­dle 3 – 20 (20, 22, 24, 26) sts re­main­ing (in­clud­ing 1 st on right-hand nee­dle) Change back to 2.25mm nee­dles and work in rib as es­tab­lished for 8 sts (9 sts are now on right-hand nee­dle). Place th­ese 9 sts just worked onto a stitch holder. With 3.75mm nee­dle, cast off 2 (2, 4, 6, 8) sts, change to 2.25mm nee­dles and work in rib as es­tab­lished, for the last 8 sts – 9 sts re­main­ing. Left ear Us­ing a sec­ond 2.25mm nee­dle, pick up 9 sts be­hind 9 sts just worked as fol­lows: *Turn sock so that the wrong side of sock is fac­ing (so you can see the in­side of the sock). Pick up each purl ridge that sits be­low the live purl sts of the rib and pick up the left leg of the ’V’ of the knit st that sits be­low the live knit sts of the rib. You will now have 18 sts, ready to knit in the round for the ear Change to 2.75mm nee­dles Work in the round, start­ing at one side of ear, us­ing a stitch marker to mark the start of the round Rounds 1-4 k Round 5 (ssk, k5, k2­tog) twice [14 sts] Round 6 (ssk, k3, k2­tog) twice [10 sts] Round 7 (ssk, k1, k2­tog) twice [6 sts] Break off yarn, thread onto yarn nee­dle and graft sts to­gether us­ing Kitch­ener stitch Weave tail end through to in­side of ear, and weave in to WS of rib­bing. Trans­fer 9 sts from stitch holder to a 2.25mm nee­dle and re­peat from * to com­plete sec­ond ear. Face and heel de­tails Us­ing du­pli­cate stitch, em­broi­der the colour charts on page 99 onto the socks as fol­lows: Choose face chart ac­cord­ing to size knit­ted and ap­ply on cen­tre front of sock, to sit 2 rows be­low rib­bing. Ap­ply the heel chart on cen­tre back heel, us­ing the con­trast heel as a guide.

Fin­ish­ing

Weave all ends into the WS and trim, then block the socks.

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